MPA May Probate and Tax Sectional

  • May 08, 2019
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Dorsey & Whitney - 50 S. 6th St, Ste 1500, Minneapolis, MN 55402 - Remote Attendance Available


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Topic: Keeping It Real & Personal - Two Views of Valuing Property

How often have you watched “Antiques Roadshow” or “Flip or Flop” and guessed the value of a featured item or real property? It’s great fun to guess the value and experience the vicarious thrill when an attendee gets good news, or cringe when the value flops. But finding the appraised value of property often isn’t as easy as just looking up values. Highly skilled appraisers have spent years obtaining expertise and education and are regularly tested by appraisal organizations. Our presenters will expand your understanding of their roles and the standards they follow. Several recent real property and personal property legal cases will be summarized.

Speakers: Shannon Law, ISA AM and Byron Miller, SRA, AI-RRS, RRA

Shannon Law is a generalist appraiser of antiques, residential contents and many categories of fine art. The role of the generalist appraiser carries perhaps the most difficult responsibilities of any personal property appraiser. Generalists need to know something about everything and also know when to call in an expert. She is an Accredited Member of the International Society of Appraisers (ISA AM) and has been working as an appraiser in the Twin Cities for ten years.

She is considered a qualified appraiser by the IRS and provides appraisals and consultations for estate tax liability, equitable division and insurance. She also brokers fine art.

Prior to her appraisal career, Shannon was a marketing manager for software companies and start-ups in San Diego mainly in the transportation technology sector.

Shannon received her M.S. in Technical Communications from Colorado State University and received her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Mary Washington.

She is a member of the International Society of Appraisers, Twin Cities Estate Planning Council and the Minnesota Antique Dealers Association.

Byron Miller is a certified residential appraiser licensed in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He is the owner and principal appraiser of BM Appraisals in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His firm specializes in valuation services for consulting, divorce, estate, litigation, relocation, and right of way.

This is Byron’s second act, which is a profession of choice. He spent his first act as a firmware engineer/manager for several fortune 500 companies. His appraisal interest started in 1986 when he watched an appraiser appraise his home. However, life got in the way, and he didn’t consummate his passion for the valuation profession until 2001.

Byron has gained a reputation for valuing complex properties. He has experience with agricultural, lakefront, multi-unit, and upper-bracket properties. Additionally, Byron has performed valuation assignments/ reviews for attorneys, eminent domain, estates, and lenders. He is also an instructor, course developer, author, and an eminent domain county commissioner.

Byron has an intense passion for appraising and helping others. This passion manifests itself in the form of continual self improvement through education, instruction, and mentoring.

Byron received his B.A with focus in Computer Science from Metro State University, and received his M.S. in Software Engineering from the University of St. Thomas.

He is the current President of Relocation Appraisers & Consultants, a member of the National Association of REALTORS and Twin Cities Estate Planning Council.

CLE credit has been applied for this session.

RSVP by May 03, 2019.

Please contact Shelly Doerr at with any questions.

Member Cost: Free (Remote Attendance Available)
Non-Member Cost: $10 (Remote Attendance Available)

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